On Friday, a court battle between Katy Perry, who was looking to buy a property that had a convent on site, took a tragic turn. Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, a nun who was at the center of the legal drama and had tried to instead sell the property to Dana Hollister, a restaurant owner, collapsed during the hearing.
Perry had made a $15 million offer to purchase the property from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2014. However, two nuns, including Holzman, tried to instead sell the convent to Hollister for just $44,000 instead of allowing it to fall into the hands of the pop star.
The sisters claimed they were the rightful owners of the property, not the Archdiocese, and that they had documentation from the Vatican proving as such.
“You have stolen the property of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart,” said Sister Rita Callanan, the other nun involved in the case. “Please archbishop… Do what is right in your heart.”
The Archdiocese and Perry sued Hollister for interfering with the singer’s proposed deal and were awarded $15 million in damages cumulatively, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
The nuns defended Hollister. “We asked her to save us, to buy the property,” said Holzman. “She had nothing to do with forcing herself on us.”
Hollister’s bid of $44,000 was accepted by the nuns, but Perry made a cash offer of $10 million for the convent’s property.
Last year, a judge voided the sale to Hollister, asserting that the Archdiocese has the right to control the sale of the property, not the nuns.
There was a post-judgment hearing on Friday, which Holzman attended. During an interview before the proceedings, Holzman said, “And to Katy Perry, please stop. It’s not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people,” pleading that the star back off.
Just hours later, Holzman collapsed during the hearing and died. She was 89.